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Friday, July 26 • 11:45am - 12:50pm
Tiny Researchers: Creating Mindful Researchers in the Age of Common Core

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Session Description
Children are born researchers-­from a very young age they are questioning ­EVERYTHING. How do we foster children’s natural curiosity so that they become mindful researchers? How do we facilitate young students’ research so that they can arrive at and demonstrate new learning? In this workshop, we will examine how to create mindful researchers at the lower grades, how to help them demonstrate their learning as they research, and how to publish and share what they know. Additionally, we will identify how doing this aligns with the Common Core Standards and how to create mindful researchers across the curriculum.

In this session, participants will:
● Identify strategies for empowering K­4 students to ask meaningful questions
● Identify methods for collecting research in grades K­4
● Discuss how to assist young learners in synthesizing their research, continue to question and research, and then arrive at a new understanding
● Examine how students can share and publish their new learning in a variety of mediums
● Discuss how developing mindful researchers can benefit learning across curriculum and meet Common Core Standards


Speakers
avatar for Michelle Gohagon

Michelle Gohagon

Regional School District 13
Michelle Gohagon is a technology integration specialist in Regional School District 13 for grades K­6. She received her Bachelor’s from the University of Hartford in History and Secondary Education, a Master’s in Special Education from Simmons College and studied Educational Technology at Central Connecticut State University.
avatar for Jenny Lussier

Jenny Lussier

Teacher Librarian, Regional School District 13
| Jenny Lussier is a teacher librarian for grades K-4 and formerly an elementary teacher in Regional School District 13. She received her Bachelor’s in English from Bucknell University, a Master’s in Elementary Education from Lesley University and a Master’s of Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University.


Friday July 26, 2013 11:45am - 12:50pm
Beacon Hill - 4th Floor (A wing)